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Marlins, Floyd stay hot

Cliff Floyd is keeping up his All-Star pace.

Floyd, Mike Lowell and Derrek Lee homered in the first inning to lead the Florida Marlins to a 5-3 victory Friday over Cincinnati.

Floyd went 2-for-4, raising his average to .353 with 26 home runs and 83 RBI.

"You learn as you go," said Floyd, who made the All-Star team this year for the first time. "This doesn't just happen overnight."

"When I step up to the plate, I have all the confidence in the world," he said. "I hit line drives. I keep concentrating and good things are going to happen. I'm never looking for the home run. Most of mine are line drives. I'm not giving any at-bats away. I'm greedy."

Matt Clement allowed nine hits and two unearned runs in six innings for his second straight win as the Marlins improved to 7-2 since the All-Star break.

"I want to keep this rolling," Clement said. "I feel like it's a rebirth for me in the second half, stringing two good games together."

Cincinnati, which has lost four straight, is 26 games below .500 for the first time since finishing 40 games under in 1982.

The Marlins had a quick start against Jose Acevedo. Alex Gonzalez hit a one-out single, and Floyd hit his 26th homer of the season. Lowell followed with a homer to make it 3-0. After Kevin Millar flied out, Lee homered.

Clement tired in the seventh when he gave up consecutive singles to pinch hitter Brady Clark, Todd Walker and Dmitri Young with no outs. Armando Almanza replaced Clement and struck out Ken Griffey Jr. and Sean Casey looking.

The last time Florida hit three homers in an inning was in a 7-6 victory at St. Louis on Aug. 26, 1998, when the Marlins hit a team-record four homers in the ninth.

Reds leftfielder Adam Dunn, singled in the fourth in his first major-league start. He finished 1-for-3 with a walk.

PHILLIES 10, METS 1: Robert Person pitched a four-hitter and hit his first career homer for host Philadelphia.

Pat Burrell homered and tied a career high with five RBI as the Phillies snapped a four-game skid.

Mets starter Rick Reed left the game with a bruised left hand in the second inning after he was hit above the wrist by Jimmy Rollins' line drive. Reed was taken to a hospital for X-rays, which revealed no fracture. Reed said he expects to make his next start.

New York also played most of the game without All-Star catcher Mike Piazza, ejected in the second inning for arguing a call at first base.

Todd Pratt, who replaced Piazza, homered with two outs in the ninth to spoil Person's shutout bid.

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